Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift’s battle royale

Social media has taken the age old image of girl fights and calmed down the violence. Now, it’s all back talk and retweets, as recently demonstrated by Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift. When Minaj learned that her music video for “Anaconda” was not one of the listed nominees at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, she quickly expressed her disappointment on Twitter.

 

 

Swift, who is nominated with her video for “Bad Blood,” was quick to react and took the tweet as a direct shot fired towards her.

 

 

There is no substantial evidence that Swift was the ultimate target, and the feud ran its course to reveal that Swift was overreacting. She realized that Minaj was (and always had been) slightly bitter and envious that her talent was not recognized at one of the music industry’s most recognized awards ceremony. With a public apology, the two bowed their graceful heads out of the duel, and everyone was able to carry on without tension.

 

 

Why was everyone talking about this over the last few days? This story points out two things: 1. How quickly Swift jumps in to defend her career even when it’s not the subject of any criticism; and 2. No one gave a second thought to the idea that the music industry may occasionally exude racial preferences. Why isn’t anyone else thinking that Minaj may be on to something?

 

Eminem raps on stage

Eminem is known for his offensive raps. Still, he has come under fire for his recent freestyle. (inkkc.com)

Eminem’s six-minute freestyle

The real Slim Shady has been low key for a while in the music industry, but he recently put his gloves on for a six minute freestyle on radio show, “Sway in the Morning.” Much like all his other material, Eminem’s flow contained explicit content and even brought offense to some. For rap artists, freestyling for six minutes is an impressive talent. For the media, mentioning hot topics such as Miley Cyrus, Amanda Bynes, Azalea Banks, and Caitlyn Jenner is clearly taboo. Are his lyrics really that offensive, or is the media spinning it out of control?

 

 

 

What do you think about these stories? Do you think Nicki Minaj was actually calling out the music industry for favoring Taylor Swift? Are Eminem’s lyrics actually offensive and should he stop rapping? Share your thoughts in a comment or let’s talk on Twitter @antoinette_8a!